The first draft of any paper seems to be the most time consuming effort expounded on when writing. The pressures the writer unknowingly places upon themselves to produce high quality literature causes many issues when they first put pen to paper, which can only prolong it’s creation. The truth is, no writer should ever believe that the first draft that they have written is the best they can ever produce. If an author thought that way, they would quickly find that their sales would plummet severely. There are many mistakes that a person will not catch the first time that they write something. They can be a small matter to fix, such as an incorrect spelling; however, there are some mistakes that would need a truly herculean amount of editing and revision to correct. In the excerpt from Anne Lemott’s Bird by Bird “Shitty First Drafts”, she goes into detail on how terrible first drafts make for final drafts so that it is evident how necessary drafting is to the writing process.
It cannot be stressed how very important it is to write things down as soon as you think of it. A lot of the best inspirations for writers have come from the spur of the moment. The first draft of a paper should primarily focus on recording as much information that the author can come up with, no matter the order they are written in. The info once recorded can be drawn upon for later revisions and secondary drafts to customize and improve the paper. Through taking Lemott’s advice, the information would be recorded so that no groundbreaking information would be lost, instead of the normal method of making revisions mid-sentence which would only cause a loss in the knowledge of what might have been. None of that information should ever be scrapped; there is always a nugget of gold in every thought that could be enhanced to perfection. Only after finding all this and making another draft should one begin to weed out the filler information. By then, the final revision should have begun to take shape.
Personally, my style of writing is based primarily on a crunch-time ritual. I tend to orient myself so that I begin the night before an assignment is due to build up the pressure on myself to overwhelming levels. By doing this, my brain works in overdrive in order to create something coherent that flows as well as any other essay. Due to this being done the night before, it tends to be a shorter process where many steps are either combined or dropped completely in order to get what is necessary accomplished. Revisions take up the majority of the creation process, in which I try to record several key thoughts above the writing that I reference as I speedily type through the assignment. From there, I make sure to include the thoughts I had and make sure it all shapes up to be something worth reading. It might not always be the prettiest of processes, but it has been one that I have prescribed to that has not let me down too badly so far as I know. However, as Lemott has said before, “Just get it down on paper”. The rest remains to be seen.